When all balance springs were metal, Swatch Group's Nivarox enjoyed a virtual monopoly. The most widespread alternative, patented silicon technology, is also the property of a handful of manufacturers. However crucial it may be, mechanically and strategically, the balance spring is about materials science, not horological genius.
With the vintage trend showing no signs of abating, now is the time to pay tribute to the iconic watches worn by late, great celebrities. Brands happily revisit legends from the past while at auction, watches with celebrity provenance are achieving record amounts.
There's no stopping the Clooney/Coen trio. The recently released Hail, Caesar! is the ex-ER paediatrician's fourth film with the quirky director brothers. The film had been on the backburner for some time as the third and final instalment of the "Numbskull Trilogy". Fortunately, the lovely Amal's husband is happy goofing around, which is something of a paradox given that Clooney, who fronts the Omega and Nespresso brands, is one of Hollywood's most intellectual actors. Meet the star who has a lot more than coffee on the boil !
Buying a vintage watch is a fascinating and fulfilling learning curve. In part two of this article, we look at the actual purchase, which requires a methodical approach. You've done your homework, now for some action!
As an antidote to doom and gloom, watchmakers are dipping into the Pantone guide. Electric blue, lime green or canary yellow, 2016 timepieces bring on the colour. Fans of Instagram filters should look away now.
For eight seasons, the charming British actor played House M.D., television's wittiest, most neurotic medic. All we can ask is to keep on taking the pills.
For anyone considering taking their first steps in the vintage watch jungle, this two-part article sets out the right reflexes and gives advice on how to avoid the many pitfalls of this tempting yet very particular world.